James 1:13-15 - Victory Over Temptation And Sin.

James 1:13-15 (NLT) And remember, when you 
are being tempted, do not say, God is 
tempting me. God is never tempted to do wrong, and 
he never tempts anyone else. Temptation comes 
from our own desires, which entice us and drag us 
away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. 
And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth 
to death. 

James 1:13-15 (NIV) When tempted, no one 
should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be 
tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each 
one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he 
is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire 
has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, 
when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. 


Temptation comes from evil desires inside 
us, not from God. It begins with an evil thought 
and becomes sin when we dwell on the thought and 
allow it to become an action. Like a snowball 
rolling downhill, sin grows more destructive the 
more we let it have its way. The best time to 
stop a temptation is before it is too strong or 
moving too fast to control. See Matthew 4:1-11; 1 
Cor. 10:13; and 2 Tim. 2:22 for more about 
escaping temptation. [Life Application SB] 

People who live for God often wonder why 
they still have temptations. Does God tempt them? 
God tests people, but he does not tempt them by 
trying to seduce them into sin. God allows Satan to 
tempt people, however, in order to refine their 
faith and to help them grow in their dependence on 
Christ. We can resist the temptation to sin by 
turning to God for strength and choosing to obey his 
Word. [Life Application SB] 


Just a Nibble of Sin Will Get You Hooked
   For my dad, a day without fishing was a 
wasted day. He would manage, no matter what was 
going on, to go fishing for at least 30 minutes 
every day. As I watched my dad catch fish after 
fish (while I caught nothing), I learned really 
quickly that no fish bites a bare hook. 
   You can't just throw a hook out in the 
water and expect to catch fish. You have to put 
bait on the hook, and a good fisherman knows 
different fish like different kinds of bait. 
   Just like a fisherman knows how to bait 
different kinds of fish, Satan knows just how to bait 
you. He knows your favorite flavors and what gets 
your attention. He knows exactly where your weak 
spot is - that unmet emotional need, that empty 
tank, that deep desire. 
   That's why youve got to think about 
what you're thinking about. The hook is sin, but 
the bait is whatever lie Satan wants you to 
believe he knows youre vulnerable to: If you do 
this, you'll feel better. If you do this, it will 
be rewarding. If you do this, everything will 
be okay. 
   Even when you know there's a hook beneath 
the bait, you may still keep nibbling. Why? 
Because you buy whatever lie Satan is feeding you. 
If you think you can keep nibbling without 
getting hooked, youre just fooling yourself. The 
idea that you wont get hurt is another one of 
Satans lies. 
   One of the most common lies is that, 
whenever youre tempted, something outside of 
yourself has tempted you. But the real problem is not 
   James 1:14 says, Temptation comes from 
our own desires, which entice us and drag us 
away (NLT).  
   Temptation starts with our inner desires 
- those vulnerable spots Satan uses for bait. 
Those desires lead to sinful actions, and those 
actions lead to death. What you think determines how 
you feel, and what you feel determines how you 
   Dont get in the habit of blaming your 
circumstances. When youre tempted, you may think you 
cant help it. You can help it! It starts by 
changing the way you think.  
   When youre tempted, stop and ask the 
question, What lie am I believing? 
   Then replace it with Gods truth. It 
will always lead to life. [Daily Devotional by 
Rick Warren: https://pastorrick.com/devotional/] 


By faith and prayer all may meet the 
requirements of the gospel. No man can be forced to 
transgress. His own consent must be first gained; the 
soul must purpose the sinful act before passion 
can dominate over reason or iniquity triumph 
over conscience. Temptation, however strong, is 
never an excuse for sin. {5T 177.2} 

There is no safety for any man, young or 
old, unless he feels the necessity of seeking God 
for counsel at every step. Those only who 
maintain close communion with God will learn to place 
His estimate upon men, to reverence the pure, 
the good, the humble, and the meek. The heart 
must be garrisoned as was that of Joseph. Then 
temptations to depart from integrity will be met with 
decision: "How then can I do this great wickedness, 
and sin against God?" The strongest temptation 
is no excuse for sin. No matter how severe the 
pressure brought to bear upon you, sin is your own 
act. The seat of the difficulty is the unrenewed 
heart. {AH 331.1} 

To your closet, followers of Christ. Pray in 
faith and with all the heart. Satan is watching to 
ensnare your feet. You must have help from above if 
you would escape his devices. {5T 177.1} 

Trials of Our Own Making
   Sometimes we walk into trials of our own 
making because they are a direct result of our own 
selfishness or pride or greed or lust. Then when this 
happens and we reap the results of our sin, we get 
angry at God. 
   But James says, Let no one say when he is 
tempted, I am tempted by God"; for God cannot be 
tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. 
But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by 
his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire 
has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, 
when it is full-grown, brings forth death. (James 
   We forge the links of small, compromising 
actions, and before we know it, a mighty chain is 
wound around us, and we are helpless. 
   I used to be able to outrun my oldest son 
Christopher. A number of years ago, however, we were at 
the beach, and I picked a spot and said, "Okay, 
Christopher, I will race you to that spot." We took off, 
and much to my surprise, he outran me. I 
thought, How is that possible? I held this child in 
my hands when he was born. I watched him grow. 
Well, he grew up. That's what happened. 
   That is the way it can be with sin. We 
think we can handle it. We think it's so small. 
But James says that when sin is full-grown, it 
brings forth death. One of these days, that sin 
will grow up, and it will outrun you. It will 
overpower you. That's what happens. [By Greg Laurie 
from Harvest Ministries; 


Resisting Ourselves
   When my son Jonathan was very young, I 
found him playing video games one morning when he 
was supposed to be doing his homework. With the 
controller in his hand and a guilty expression on his 
face, he told me, Dad, I couldnt resist 
   He didnt say that he couldnt resist 
the video games or the temptation to play video 
games. Rather, he said that he couldnt resist 
himself. And I thought that was about the most 
accurate description of temptation Ive heard. 
   After we fall into temptation, we like to 
say the Devil made us do it or that someone 
entrapped us or a certain situation just happened, and 
therefore we had no control over the circumstances. 
But God never will give us more than we can 
handle or allow us to be tempted above our capacity 
to resist. 
   The Bible tells us, The temptations in 
your life are no different from what others 
experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the 
temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are 
tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can 
endure (1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT). 
   Scripture clearly says that temptation 
does not come from God. James wrote, And 
remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, 
God is tempting me. God is never tempted to 
do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else 
(James 1:13 NLT). 
   Instead, James says that temptation 
comes from our own desires, which entice us and 
drag us away (verse 14 NLT). We play a key 
role in our own temptation. Now, clearly the 
Devil will work in concert with the flesh and this 
world to bring us down, but we have to cooperate. 
   Yet when temptation comes to us as 
Christians, we do not fight for victory. Rather, we 
fight from victory. In other words, we rest in the 
finished work that Christ has accomplished for us on 
the cross. [By Greg Laurie from Harvest 
Ministries; https://www.harvestdaily.com] 


James 1:13-15 - Defending Against Temptation 
and Sin. 



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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